I. INTRODUCTION 2
II. HISTORY OF CHINA IN AFRICA 4
III. THE POSITIVE OUTCOMES 6
IV. CAUSE FOR WORRY 10
V. CONCLUDING THOUGHTS 13
In the global media and especially in the US print media, there is hardly a single day that passes without the mentioning of China and either its internal affairs, or its dealings with one country or the other. China has become a resounding theme in current affairs because of its new role as a sponsor and a facilitator of growth and development projects in developing countries. The one particular region in the world where China’s influence has recently grown to be pervasive is Africa. This influence however faces a collar-grabbing excoriation from the media, from the West and from the World in general. Conversely, sincere opinions from other onlookers are of deep praise for the good and needed support that China is currently giving to African countries. This dual view of China’s development work in Africa has led to a Ying and Yang identity for her, naturally, and may possibly be slowing down the full potential of Chinese investment and development projects on the continent. This paper in response, aims to bring forth a more crystallized review and understanding of China’s role in Africa by seeking out both the positives and the negatives in the enactment of China’s role, and elucidating whether it has brought forth growth and or development.
Expectedly, the global media in maintaining its appeal either magnifies the negatives of the role of China in Africa (Western media like BBC, CNN, New York Times) or points out the anti-China sentiments of skeptics (Alternative media like Al Jazeera), leaving little room for neutral reporting to be done. I would qualify neutral reporting as one that does not include any explicit prejudices. Honestly, it’s a tough job today to find any media house in this ideal category.
I do not digress from the topic in speaking of the media bias in reporting on China in Africa. It is important to find good sources of information on this topic in order to evaluate the current situation. Fortunately, there are some individual authors that replace the media well in offering the service of quasi-neutral reporting at least. Chris Alden, in his book, China in Africa presents a balanced view at least in tone and presentation, of the role of China in Africa. Alden “investigates the emerging relationship between China and Africa to determine whether this engagement will be that of a development partner, economic competitor or new hegemon” (Alden, 2008).
Dambisa Moyo, a Zimbabwean national who is an international economist who focusing on macro economic policies, also offers her viewpoint on...